USAGSO is excited to continue with the Virtual Troop (VT) pilot, now offering opportunities for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! Any girls in grades 6-12, including girls from a WAGGGS sister country, may request to join the Virtual Troop (Troop #999), which will be hosted through a secure forum. Sign-up for the Virtual Troop today!
Led by experienced troop leaders, girls will be given projects and a timeline to complete badges at home, while interacting with other C/S/As from across the globe. The forum will allow for discussions, online videos, and file exchanges, which will create an interactive, multi-media environment. The Virtual Troop leaders will monitor the discussion boards and posts, check in with the girls weekly, and post videos or other supplemental information throughout the VT track. At the end of each track, a message will be sent to each girl and her guardian letting them know what badges she completed.
Examples of girls who might choose the VT option include: girls who are too busy to attend traditional Girl Scout meetings, individually registered members (IRMs) who want more interaction with other girls, girls looking to do badges in addition to what their current troop is offering, WAGGGS members who want to explore GSUSA programming, and girls who want to focus on a specific topic that the Virtual Troop is offering. Girls are welcome to participate even if they’ve already completed the badge work in the VT track of their choosing.
The Virtual Troop will start with three badge opportunities and one Journey for each troop level. Virtual Troop leaders may also accommodate girls who would like to work on a specific badge not currently offered by the VT. Girls choose what they want to work on, and each six-week track has an estimated time commitment of 2-5 hours per week.
Girls who are actively involved in the Virtual Troop may also receive grant money to attend G.I.R.L. 2020 in Orlando, Florida from October 21-25, where we’ll host the first ever USAGSO Virtual Troop Meetup!
We also plan to add additional VT leaders, so please consider applying when that call for volunteers is announced!
We cannot wait to be able to give girls one more pathway to participate in Girl Scouts. The program will be active starting the last week of February 2020. At this time, enrollment in a Virtual Troop is free for girls who are currently registered with USAGSO or a WAGGGS MO. Sign-up for the Virtual Troop today!